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Old 11-21-12, 04:27 PM
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Black Friday

I have a Giant Escape with a Wald 535 rear carrier and a Burley Nomad trailer to scoop up Black Friday deals. The first place I'm going is the grocery store for discounted produce, after that it's over to the LBS to see what's on sale. Then Tri-State and then home. What's your equipment and game plan for Black Friday?
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Old 11-21-12, 04:43 PM
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Stay the hell away from shopping malls and related areas!

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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Stay the hell away from shopping malls and related areas!

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I'm for that; who wants to be a part of that nightmare? It's Black Friday every day on Craigslist, anyway.
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Stay the hell away from shopping malls and related areas!

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I'll second that!! That's madness that I don't want any part of, the insanity of "getting a bargin", see fellow humans going to "fist fights", just SAD!
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Old 11-21-12, 05:03 PM
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There's even a whole movement around this "boycott Black Friday" concept: https://blockfriday.org/. Not that I'm in the States... anyone wanting to escape Black Friday is welcome to come north to enjoy some early-season skiing

That said, I think going to the grocery store and the LBS are pretty far from the world of crazed fistfights and mindless consumerism.
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I'm going to go grocery shopping figuring all the normal shoppers will be out looking for Christmas deals and then spend 3 or so hours at work.
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Old 11-21-12, 07:19 PM
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My second part time job as a sample giver in different stores, wants me to work for regular wages between the hours of 9:30 P. M. and 1:30 A. M. on Thanksgiving night. I sent an e-mail to my boss saying I would do it for time and a half but no less. They also want me to do it the next night too. My instructions say that if I run out of samples before the end of the four hours I must leave the store early. There is no way I'm going to work for less than four hours. Those samples will last for four hours.

This is my first conflict with the company. I suggested that I work for eight hours on Friday at regular pay and take Thanksgiving off. If they don't agree then I don't know what the manager will do. I know his options but which will he choose. We aren't friends but he knows I do a good job.
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Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post
My second part time job as a sample giver in different stores, wants me to work for regular wages between the hours of 9:30 P. M. and 1:30 A. M. on Thanksgiving night. I sent an e-mail to my boss saying I would do it for time and a half but no less. They also want me to do it the next night too. My instructions say that if I run out of samples before the end of the four hours I must leave the store early. There is no way I'm going to work for less than four hours. Those samples will last for four hours.

This is my first conflict with the company. I suggested that I work for eight hours on Friday at regular pay and take Thanksgiving off. If they don't agree then I don't know what the manager will do. I know his options but which will he choose. We aren't friends but he knows I do a good job.
From what I read, the American big box stores want 'Black Friday' to start on Thursday now, which means their employees won't be able to spend the day with their families. I wonder why a certain hard right "news" network isn't calling for an end to the 'war on Thanksgiving'.

I'm just thankful I'm far away from it all.

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Old 11-21-12, 10:37 PM
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I dislike shopping any time of year. And on Black Friday I refuse to go near a store!
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Old 11-21-12, 11:10 PM
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I went to a bike shop in PHX on BF a couple of years ago. No crowd at all. 20% off everything. It was hard not to buy whole store.
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Old 11-22-12, 05:54 AM
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Noted on the news this morning that there are some less than intelligent people lined up outside the Best Buy. Some will have waited over 30 hours... I have better things to do with my time. Like spend time with my wife and family, ride my bike, take a nap, work on my son's bike. Feed the dog...

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Just the same here on New Year's Day.

Some people queue overnight and then fight each other to get into the stores first.

Sorry but tis too cold for that malarkey and I like my warm bed and all far too much thanks.

I dont go shopping for myself that much anyway.

Am only going to town on Saturday to buy me a new D Lock for my pride and joy
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part of the reason i'm car free is because I don't like supporting giant multinational corporations like gas companies... and retail chains
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I hate it! I work less than a half mile from Wally world and the rest of the Big box losers. I have to ride into the shopping district @ 3am then return home @ noontime, been doing this for the last 12 years hooray for me. The handlebar mounted RPG’s are armed along with the laser beam lights for Friday.
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I live amongst Canadians.
They seem saner.

THanksgiving's in October (ya, know... harvest time), and fevered materialism doesn't seem to an issue.
I've yet to see anyone set up a tent, and camp in front of Canadian Tire.

No pepper sprayed mobs, either.
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Noted on the news this morning that there are some less than intelligent people lined up outside the Best Buy. Some will have waited over 30 hours... I have better things to do with my time. Like spend time with my wife and family, ride my bike, take a nap, work on my son's bike. Feed the dog...

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A Seattle station reported that people set camp at a Best Buy up there yesterday. They also coined a term for the new Thanksgiving Day - Grey Thursday.

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Originally Posted by ro-monster View Post
I dislike shopping any time of year. And on Black Friday I refuse to go near a store!
There's a bike bridge at the end of my street. On the other side of the bridge is a mall. The closest I will go to that mall tomorrow, or most days, is to the community garden at the end of my street.

I just don't understand the allure of flu-infected crowds.
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Stay the hell away from shopping malls and related areas!

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I plan on buying nothing.
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Originally Posted by Bikepacker67 View Post
I live amongst Canadians.
They seem saner.

THanksgiving's in October (ya, know... harvest time), and fevered materialism doesn't seem to an issue.
I've yet to see anyone set up a tent, and camp in front of Canadian Tire.

No pepper sprayed mobs, either.
This plague seems to be creeping across the border and many stores are advertising Black Friday sales here... in this city Black Friday means something completely different.
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I'm going to purchase a pair of earphones for 2.99. Does that count?
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Hate this Black Friday,rainning all day long...
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Originally Posted by Bikepacker67 View Post
I live amongst Canadians.
They seem saner.

THanksgiving's in October (ya, know... harvest time), and fevered materialism doesn't seem to an issue.
I've yet to see anyone set up a tent, and camp in front of Canadian Tire.

No pepper sprayed mobs, either.
My wife is in Canada right now and she's telling me there are people out to "Black Friday" sales today.

Canadian Tire? I think there's a usually a lineup to get out of the store.
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Originally Posted by iheartbacon View Post
What's your equipment and game plan for Black Friday?
I just purchased a new wheelset online for 20% off.
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Although some of our stores here in Canada have been trying to hold Black Friday sales, they haven't had much success. The fourth Thursday in October means a lot to an American, but it means nothing to a Canadian. The day after is just another Friday for us. For most of us, Black Friday means about as much as a mid-October sale would mean to you.
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